People of the Virgin Islands this is Governor Jaspert.
The Premier and I, in consultation with the Director of The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) are satisfied that the immediate serious threat posed by Hurricane Maria to the Territory is over.
Therefore, I am now giving the all clear to emergency and essential workers only to help conduct the rapid assessment and to ensure that we are able to clear roadways. This means that only critical agencies should be on the road, all other persons must still stay off the roads. There are still risks from debris and damage from Maria.
Although Maria continues to move away from the
BVI, squalls, rain and high surf will continue to affect the BVI throughout the day until Maria fully exits the area.
I offer my sympathies and prayers to our friends in Dominica and the US Virgin Islands who have been seriously affected by Hurricane Maria. I support the call by the Governor of Puerto Rico to ensure that individuals are full y prepared for the approaching Hurricane and we pray for them over the next few hours.
Following the assessments of our Territory, we will re-establish our plans to continue with the recovery progress that we had been making since Irma.
I urge all persons of the BVI, to please adhere to the instructions being given and to ensure full cooperation. The curfew remains in place for all people apart from emergency responders. Please continue to remain indoors and allow us adequate time to complete the assessments and initiate the necessary immediate response. I will advise you later in the day when the public all clear is given.
Stay strong, stay resilient, stay united.
May God Bless and protect us all.
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